Review: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation

cover-viscount's christmasTitle: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
Author: Erica Ridley
Series: The Dukes of War #1
Length: Novella
Genre: Historical Romance
Available: 1st Nov

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Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.


Source: ARC from NetGalley

This quick slice of Christmas cheer really does have a managing female at its heart. Lady Amelia runs her brother’s, the Duke of Ravenwood, household like clockwork. She plans everything down to the finest detail, and anticipates as many unexpected outcomes as possible, so is rarely surprised. In some ways she’s quite overbearing, but as her acquaintance with Benedict, Viscount Sheffield, deepens her character changes.

Benedict himself is a man who lives by a rigid schedule. Every day from 8am to 8pm, he works on estate matters. Then spends the next twelve hours raking merry hell. He might be scandalous, by the traditional Sheffield ball is too important to miss. For himself he hasn’t time for all the organising, and he isn’t all that impressed when Lady Amelia comes to call, telling him she’ll sort it all out for him.

What follows is a fun romance with a subtle battle of wills as Benedict tries to get Amelia to have more fun, while she attempts to free him from his rigid schedule. They’re a sweet couple, for all their managing ways, and the visits to various London venues provides plenty of amusing moments.

This is, however, very short. The story finishes at 75% and there’s really not much of a plot, but it’s a pleasant read and a nice way to pass an hour or two. The rest of the ebook contains a sample of the first Dukes of War book (although why dukes when only one of them is actually a duke, as far as I can tell?), The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower.

If you’re looking for a short, sweet romance in which two people meet and fall in love, then you can’t go far wrong with this. Amelia isn’t your average heroine, but there is something charming about her sheer capability, while Benedict is suitably rakish in between his sweeter moments. Since this is meant to be a standalone story I don’t know how much of an introduction to the new series it will prove to be, but I think I’m intrigued enough to give book 1 a try.


The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation is out November 1st
And is FREE for the first week
Visit Erica Ridley for more details.

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